Last year while traveling in England I ran across this beautiful Giant Squill (Scilla peruviana) in Merriments Nursery in Sussex. I was struck by the broad leaves and thick flower head — unlike any Scilla I had ever seen. Well the tropical foliage should have been my first clue but when I was filling out my Brent and Becky’s bulb order for the fall I saw them listed and quickly ordered 5 (the bulbs are $4 apiece). It was not until I actually got around to planting them that I realized that these are mediterranean plants (think Spain, Portugal, and Italy). Zone 7 is really pushing the edge for these plants.
It was during Christmas week that I saw them edging their way out of the soil before any other bulb. My guess is that this is why they might have trouble growing here. If they are really that anxious to be flowering, we are likely to have a collision with the weather gods. We are still two weeks away from the coldest days of winter so I will try to keep them mulched on the really cold nights. So far they have handled 13 degrees without apparent damage.